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The Federation Française de Rugby’s new stadium project reached another milestone, with the signing of the contract between the FFR and the developer and main contractor, Ibelys. The contract was signed at a ceremony in Paris by the President of the FFR, Pierre Camou, and BESIX Europe General Manager, Jean Polet.
Designed by Populous, this unique, 82,000-capacity venue is at the heart of the FFR’s plans for a new era for French rugby. The ground will be much more than a stadium. The stadium will be at the heart of a new southern centrality of Paris, with a leisure development programme, shops, businesses and housing accompanying the stadium project. As well as hosting all French national team home matches, the stadium will also accommodate conventions, shows and a broad range of sporting events thanks to its multi-purpose design. The retractable pitch will provide the FFR with the best national stadium pitch in Europe, while the retractable roof will create the largest roofed entertainment venue in the continent, delivering an incredibly intense atmosphere, and allowing matches and events to take place throughout the year.
The next stage of the project will now begin, with the submission of a planning application, supported by the local authority, Communauté d’Agglomération Grand Paris Sud (CAGPS), who are a key partner in the project.
Serge Blanco, Vice President, Federation Française de Rugby said:
We had a vision. Populous turned that vision into a stadium like no other; a stadium for the fans, a stadium that will secure the future of French rugby.
Populous Senior Principal Ben Vickery said:
We’re delighted that this fantastic project has reached this important new stage. We’re confident that the stadium of the FFR will be the best rugby stadium in Europe.
Populous Principal and Project Lead François Clément said:
This ground-breaking new stadium has been designed for the family of French rugby, and inspired by the vision of the FFR. The stadium will consist of unique spaces to catalyse the fervour of the French fans, create places for the venue to thrive throughout the year, and will nurture the dreams of generations of current and future fans.